212 The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language: Christine Kenneally

ITEM: One author signed copy of the book ‘The Search for the Origins of Language’ by Christine Kenneally.

DETAILS: A Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, The First Word is about the quest for the origins of human language. Although language is a distinctly human gift, it leaves no permanent trace and its evolution has long been a mystery. It is only in the last fifteen years that we have begun to understand how language came into being. The First Word follows two intertwined narratives. The first is an account of how the random and layered processes of evolution wound together to produce a talking animal: us. The second addresses why language evolution was considered a scientific taboo for more than a hundred years and why scientists are at last able to explore the subject.

Christine’s BIO: I am a journalist and author who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate and New Scientist, as well as other publications. My book, The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language, was published in hardback by Viking in 2007. The paperback from Penguin is out now. Before becoming a reporter, I received a Ph.D. in linguistics from Cambridge University and a B.A. (Hons) in English and Linguistics from Melbourne University. I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, and have lived in England, Iowa, and Brooklyn, New York. http://www.christinekenneally.com/

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